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RV Daily Tips. Friday, March 18, 2022

Issue 1820
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Today’s thought

“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.” ―Franz Kafka

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Sloppy Joe Day!

On this day in history: 1850 – American Express is founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo.

Tip of the Day

RV Mods: Improve your fire escape-ability

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Steve Barnes, a regular reader, took to heart one of our RV safety videos that stressed the importance of regularly checking your RV’s egress windows – fire escapes. Steve reports, “I checked my fire escape after one year. A year ago, when it was brand-new, it was jammed.” Steve took it back to the dealer, who repaired it. But keeping in mind the advice to keep up with these things, Steve did another test a year later. Once again, his window was stuck.

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Today’s RV review…

Salem/Wildwood Hyper-Lyte 25RBHL Travel Trailer

Tony writes, “I would say if you’re looking for a good couple’s camper that’s relatively light but really does have a large interior, this might be worth considering whether you’re near a Wildwood or Salem dealer.”

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Ask Dave

Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook” as well as the Managing Editor of the RV Repair Club.

My RV furnace gets too hot to touch. Is this normal?

Dear Dave,
My RV furnace seems to get really hot. I was wondering what temperature I should be getting out of the ducts and the exhaust? I’m also wondering how hot the furnace itself should be? It is too hot to touch when it is running. —Ronald

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“They gave us earplugs at check-in.” Why are so many RV parks near train tracks?

By Nanci Dixon
I had to chuckle one night as we settled into bed. I heard the melancholy whistle of a train passing by and instantly knew we were at an RV park. I was chuckling because I have the ability to turn my hearing aids off; however, my husband is not so lucky. He can still hear the plaintive call of a train going by all night longRead more then please participate in the poll in the post.

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Reader poll

Have you ever moved from a campsite because of an undesirable neighbor?

Tell us here

Quick Tip

Parallel parking your travel trailer

Having trouble backing your travel trailer up next to the concrete patio slab at the RV park? Looking out the curb-side mirror is tough. Next time, stretch out a rope, parallel to the slab, about 10 feet out. Now you can use the street side mirror to line up with the rope. Works better!

“Why I love my RV”

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, readers tell in their own words why they love their RVs. 

From Gregory & Carol Brott
2016 Tiffin Phaeton 40AH

“My wife and I love our 2016 Tiffin Phaeton 40AH and the opportunity it affords us to make memories and explore the beautiful country of ours from sea to shining sea!”

Tell us about your RV. Come on, do a little bragging! Click here.

Website of the day

All 50 States, Ranked by Their Beauty
If your state isn’t number one, or even number 32, you may have something to say about this list. Just remember, it’s only one person’s opinion. But it’s still fun to see where your state falls on the list.

Haha! This is just about exactly how we’re feeling today.

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Recipe of the Day

Chicken Rama in Thai Peanut Sauce
by Vickie Parks from Renton, WA

We see why Vickie is proud of this recipe. This Chicken Rama tastes very authentic. The creamy peanut butter sauce is so easy to prepare. With a very mild spice, its nutty flavor pairs well with the coconut milk. If you like spicier food, add some red pepper flakes. Serving this over spinach adds a nice fresh taste to the dish. It would also be delicious over white rice or Thai noodles.

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Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Minnie is a rescue that we got when she was 3-1/2! She is a true Christmas baby as THAT is her birthday, too! She’ll be nine on 12/25/2022!” —Lindalee Sorrells

Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Saturday RV Travel newsletter. No blurry photos, please! Please do not submit your photo more than once. Thanks!

Just published! 50 States, 500 Campgrounds
We love the 50 States books, and this one is no exception. They finally made one designed for us RVers (campers?). Inside you’ll discover some of the best campsites in the country, as well as RV resorts and glamping destinations in both the U.S. and Canada. Each destination has location info, contact info, open season and amenities along with nearby recommendations on things to do, see and eat. Learn more or order.

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jillie (@guest_172366)
1 year ago

Get paid to nap. That I could do. But for that one time deal? Think I will pass. As for why RV parks are near railroad tracks? Same could be said for school bus yards. I have worked at a few and even my boss remarked one day and said the same thing. The only thing we could deduce was the fact that no one wanted to be near them, build near them or hear them. But here is one thought no one considered. Tax base. Land tax is cheaper to almost non existent. So I guess there is something to be said to be near a train. I love hearing them go by at nite. Growing up our homes have always been near tracks or where I could hear them. choo choo everyone

Cheryl Wardell (@guest_171931)
1 year ago

I just want to tell you how much I enjoy this newsletter, I look forward to it each day. Keep up the good work. I have started donating to keep you going.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Cheryl Wardell

Welcome aboard, Cheryl! Thank you for your kind words and your support. We’re glad you enjoy the newsletter. All of us here at love what we do, and we try every day to make the newsletters even better for our readers. Comments like yours make it all worthwhile. Have a great day! 😀 –Diane

Tom H. (@guest_171920)
1 year ago

To the Brotts, in “Why I love my RV”. Where is that campsite? Beautiful!

Gregory Brott (@guest_172054)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom H.

Tom, Malibu Beach RV in CA, space V7 and it has a spectacular view of the Pacific!!!

Tim Bear (@guest_171911)
1 year ago

Here’s a fun thing to do sometime; we did this when we started fulltiming. Get a fairly large-scale map of the United States. Cut out the states and sections of states you like or you think are ‘worthy’. Then reassemble these selected portions into a ‘condensed country’. It’s purely a individual decision, of course, but it makes for an interesting geographical exercise and helps us decide where we wanted to go do things.

Cloyce Hutton (@guest_171879)
1 year ago

If you had 10 or 50 people rate the states I doubt you would get two people to rate the same. We all like and enjoy different. Just keep enjoying the fun of traveling.

Bob p (@guest_171864)
1 year ago

I always carry a 10’ length of rope and of course the tape measure to setup my rope the proper distance from the pad(what if there isn’t a pad?) if you’re going to be an RVer LEARN TO BACK USING YOUR MIRRORS it isn’t that hard!!

Pat (@guest_171854)
1 year ago

I had to laugh at the 50 Most Beautiful States. I assumed Iowa would be low down the list and it was, along with just about every other midwestern state. But, as far as Iowa being flat…well ask just about anyone who has been on RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) the last week in July if they think Iowa is flat and they’ll give you the “are you nuts?” look.

Tony Grigg (@guest_171862)
1 year ago
Reply to  Pat

AGREED! As an Iowa native, ‘flat’ is NOT an accurate description of the terrain.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_171884)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

It is if you live in a mountainous state. 🙂

DW/ND (@guest_171904)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

You mean an un-flat state – like the mountains they show for Texas! ND looks flat from the air – try driving it with cruise control on a heavy Rv?

Spike (@guest_171868)
1 year ago
Reply to  Pat

Other than tornadoes, I love Iowa (we lived there for a time and had a home flattened.) And you are correct, it’s not flat. While true that it doesn’t have towering mountains, it borders the Mississippi river valley with bordering cliffs and boundless valleys. Madison county, home of the famous covered bridges is spectacular. Those are just a couple of examples.

Every state I have been too has its own unique beauty in nature. Trying to rank them is an exercise in futility.

Last edited 1 year ago by Spike
Betty Danet (@guest_171899)
1 year ago
Reply to  Pat

Only the central part of Iowa where I80 passes is “flat as hell”. Much of Iowa is rolling hills, even steep hills in the northeast. People like us who have ventured farther north or south in the state are amazed at how scenic Iowa is.

Gary Broughton (@guest_171843)
1 year ago

Ranking 50 states of beautiful landscapes is only for the person who did it.

wanderer (@guest_171873)
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary Broughton

Well said. To each their own taste. I can show you a lot of stretches of California that are plug-ugly, and have enjoyed beautiful vistas and flora and fauna in many states this author disdains. One of these days I’m going to learn to ignore ’10 Best’ lists. Best case scenario, you go find the sites to find them overcrowded. Worst case, the author is wrong.

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